The 4th Annual Pond Hockey Classic Returns to Lake Winnipesaukee

PHC LogoAlthough an unusually warm winter last year forced the Lakes Region’s event of the season to relocate to a smaller lake due to safety concerns about the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee, this year there is no doubt that the New England Pond Hockey Classic can take place as scheduled on the big lake, and Meredith Bay is already buzzing with activity as the organizers prepare the rinks that will host the region’s biggest pond hockey tournament!

The Pond Hockey Classic has quickly earned a reputation for providing players and fans alike with a traditional, nostalgic, and competitive pond hockey experience. Now in its fourth year, the tournament is fine-tuned and more popular than ever, with the event sold out at 200 teams that will compete for the coveted “WinnipeHockey Cup” on 21 classic rinks next weekend, February 1st – 3rd, 2013. Players will be traveling to quaint Meredith Village from as far away as California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, and various parts of Canada to participate in the 4 v 4 round-robin tournament. Continue reading

Celebrate Winter in the Lakes Region this Weekend

The ice rink at Bay Point is ready!

The ice rink at Bay Point is ready!

With snow finally covering the terrain and ice thickening on the lakes, it definitely feels like winter New Hampshire! And with special events happening throughout the Lakes Region, this weekend is the perfect time to get out and celebrate the beauty of the season…

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia has a couple of fun outdoor events this Saturday, January 19th. The Snowshoe Fitness Walk, which takes place from 10 – 11 am, takes hikers on a trail that winds through the majestic farm forest with stunning winter scenery. Snowshoes are available for those who don’t have their own. Prescott Farm will also be open in the afternoon for a free Family Sledding Party from 12:30 – 3:00. Bring your own sled and Prescott Farm will provide the snow-covered hill and a toasty campfire! Folks are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy in the farm’s “green” building, where hot cocoa, s’mores, and other light snacks will be available to purchase. Continue reading

The Common Man Takes Diners on a Tour of Italy

Looking to escape the cold for a while? Take a trip someplace warmer this winter without travelling outside New Hampshire—the folks at Lago are offering a 20-week Tour of Italy that will spice up your life and bring you a taste of Europe in your own backyard!

Starting this week and going through the end of May, Chef Thomas Faba of Lago at Bay Point is showcasing a menu of three-course dinners that changes each week, highlighting dishes unique to one of the 20 regions of Italy. The special menu will also offer wines from each region to accompany the meal. The Tour of Italy dinners will be available Monday – Thursday for $24.95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Continue reading

NH Winter Farmers’ Markets—a Great Local Resource!

Remember the long days, warm sun, and bountiful farmers’ markets and produce stands of summer? Now that we are deep into winter, those days seem a long way off. But the good news is that farmers’ markets still abound—they’ve just moved indoors for the season. Even during the coldest of cold spells, folks in New Hampshire can get fresh veggies and other goodies directly from local farms!

Here in the Lakes Region, there are a couple of great markets to choose from: Continue reading